Program Schedule for 2024

Please note the location of individual events as they vary.  
All programs are conducted by, or in cooperation with, the Schuylkill County Department of Parks and Recreation.

****Schuylkill County Sketchers
Every 3rd Saturday @ 10am  except May 18th. - Meet Audrey Wells outdoors in the UPPER parking lot at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse Participants will sketch various nature scenes. Free and open to the public. No art experience is necessary. Please bring something to draw on and something to draw with. For more info e-mail

****Canoe and Kayak Rental Concession 
Opens at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse on Memorial Day weekend, May 25th.
Canoes, Kayaks, Rowboats. $10.00/hour per boat. 
Canoes and rowboats seat up to 3, kayaks seat one. PFD and paddles are supplied.
Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day Monday, July 4th and Labor Day Monday Only. Watercraft available on a first come first serve basis.
Times are 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM 
On weekends after 11:00 AM call 570-345-3537. 
Last rental is at 6:00 PM. All boats must be returned by 7:00 PM.
Rentals will be made if weather and lake conditions permit and staff is available

****Fish for free at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park 
Sunday, May 26th and July 4th  
Some things in life are free. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission allows anyone, resident or non-resident to fish without a fishing license. It is the perfect way to reacquaint yourself to the sport or introduce someone young or old to a lifetime of the sport of fishing. Fish-for-free days are held twice a year and apply to all waters of the Commonwealth. All other fishing regulations still apply

****Nature Journaling
Tuesday June 11th at 2pm at Frog Hollow Nature Area
Nature journaling is a way for us to truly experience our time in nature. By taking the time to write or sketch, we focus on the beauty around us. We can experience the changes from time to time in the place we journal about, noting the changes of foliage and living creatures, weather, and seasons. Reflections in our journals can be read to reexperience the places we love when we cannot be there.

****Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary
Friday, June 14th at 7:00pm at the Waterfall Pavilion, 48 Waterfall Rd., Pine Grove. 
  Arriving in his Super Green Turtle Machine, Jesse Rothacker, founder of Forgotten Friend performs animal shows for audiences of all ages. The sanctuary is a non-profit reptile rescue and educational organization. Their mission is to give reptiles a chance by rescuing animals that need their help. Jesse provides fun outreach programs to spread the reptile love. Located in Lancaster County, the sanctuary also offers reptile adoptions. 

This program is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Association, the event is made possible with the help of a grant from the Benevolent Association of Pottsville. For info or directions call 570-345-8952 or visit

****Geology of Sweet Arrow Lake Park
June 25th @ 7 p.m. Meet at the Waterfall Pavilion. 
Join Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services in Spring Grove, PA for a casual walk on some of the trails of the park to understand the rocks that lie beneath your feet. You will be amazed to discover that a vast ocean once made up this area. Later continental collisions pushed up and broke the crust. Ever think why the lake is so straight? Participants will learn that answer. We will also examine the stream below the dam and find older channels where the stream once flowed.

(Camps to be held at Waterfall Pavilion)
Wildlife Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.  
Wildlife Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.
All campers must be pre-registered and you can do so by contacting “Porcupine Pat” at the conservation district at 570-391-3326 or via email

****Annual 4th of July Concert in the Park 
Thursday, July 4th. Concert begins at 6:00 PM.
Enjoy the Patriotic Sounds of the Pine Grove Community Band. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the concert at beautiful Sweet Arrow Lake County Park.  
Come early and take a walk on the boardwalk and trails. Enjoy the view of the falls, do some fishing, boating or spend some time simply relaxing in the Park. The concert begins at 6:00 PM and is free to the public.

****Sensory Walk 
Friday July 14th at 2pm at Frog Hollow Nature Area
Take a walk together to explore many the sensory aspects of Frog Hollow. All ages welcome, please no pets. We will start together just after 2pm.

****Geology and Landscapes of Frog Hollow Nature Area
July 16th @ 6:30 pm at Frog Hollow Nature Area  
Join Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services in Spring Grove, PA for a casual walk through this new area talking about the rocks beneath your feet, the evolution of wetlands and by using LIDAR we are able to see surface features not usually visible.

****PA Dutch Pow-Wow 
Wednesday, July 17th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Waterfall Pavilion. 
Learn about this interesting folk medicine tradition that was practiced in our region. For more information contact or 570-391-3326

****Common Pennsylvania Tree identification and Cultural History.
Saturday, July 27th form 11am-1pm. Meet at large Pavilion near the Clubhouse.
During this presentation we will take a walk-through Sweet Arrow Lake County Park and learn about identification of common trees of Pennsylvania. We will observe how branch arrangement leaf shape and configuration are used to identify trees, along with their bark and other clues. We will also cover the historical significance of many common Pennsylvania trees. This program will be taught by William Thomas- Service Forester for Carbon and Schuylkill Counties.

****Yoga Hike
Sunday Aug 11th at 2pm at Frog Hollow Nature Area
Join us for a Walk in Frog Hollow.
Along the way, we will be able to reduce stress, enhance your mood, relax your body, and expand your lungs!
We will do a few yoga moves along the way! It’s best if we start together.

****Labor Day Concert 
Monday Sept 2nd, 6-8pm, Large Pavilion by the Clubhouse
M & J Big Band will perform at the Large Pavilion on the grounds of the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse on Labor Day, Monday, Sept 2nd from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Everyone enjoys the annual performance of the “Big Band” at Sweet Arrow. This outdoor concert is FREE and open to the public and is part of the Sweet Arrow Arts in the Park Program sponsored by the Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Association. “Please bring lawn chairs.” For info call 570-345-8952 (leave a message)

****Wee Ones Walk 
Wednesday, October 2 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Waterfall Pavilion
 Meet "Porcupine Pat" at the Waterfall Road Pavilion. We'll trek to use our senses to explore nature and the new season. For more information contact or 570-391-3326.

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